Where to Ski (Yes, on Snow) this Fourth of July Weekend

You don’t need us to remind you how epic this past winter was for skiing. But why dwell on past powder days? The outrageously deep snowpack coupled with a relatively wet and cold spring means many resorts are still open — and you can celebrate Independence Day by shredding down the mountain. Here’s where to go.

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Timberline Lodge, Mt. Hood, Oregon

Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood’s Palmer Snowfield have long been a mecca for summertime skiing and snowboarding. Home to numerous elite-level training camps along with bunches of little ripper-shredders lucky enough to call Mt. Hood their summer camp. The giant snow season means even more of the resort is open, leaving room for the rest of us to score some summer turns. Timberline Lodge and the Palmer snowfield are open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lift Tickets: $68/day

Mammoth Mountain, California

Boasting over 600 inches of snow this winter, Mammoth Mountain is still up and running, offering daily skiing from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day through July 4, with weekend skiing guaranteed to be open through August. Currently, six lifts accessing 40+ trails are open, including the terrain park. A bonus: The downhill mountain bike park and golf courses are also open and you can access them all in a single day for just $99. Lift ticket: $89/day

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Beartooth Basin, Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming

Located deep in the heart of the Shoshone National Forest near the border of Wyoming and Montana, Beartooth Basin (Formerly Red Lodge) recently opened its two Poma Lifts, 600 acres and 1,000 vertical feet of skiing to the public. You’ll have to get your turns in before the fireworks, however, since this one closes on July 2. Until then, it’s open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. There is no warming hut or base lodge, and a decent drive from the nearest airport in Red Lodge, Montana (Billings is the nearest major airport), keeps the crowd minimal and hardcore, but the experience of dropping off a cornice onto a 50-degree slope at 10,000 feet in the middle of summer is well worth the trip. Lift ticket: $45/day

Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe, California

With a record 60 feet of snow falling on the Tahoe/Sierra Nevada Mountains this winter, Squaw Valley, the self-proclaimed Capital of Spring Skiing, is staying open indefinitely, or at least as long as conditions allow. Five lifts will be spinning and open to the public July 1–4 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting July 8, the resort will be open every Saturday until the snow is all gone. Lift Tickets: $69/day

Whistler/Blackcomb, British Columbia, Canada

On top of everything else going on at Whistler this summer, like its world-class downhill bike park, concerts, hiking, fishing, rafting, and even axe throwing, the Horstman Glacier at the top of Blackcomb offers lift-serviced skiing and snowboarding until July 16 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. every day. Accessed by T-Bars, the glacier’s terrain is for advanced skiers and boarders only with a variety of terrain park features. Lift Ticket: $67/day

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